Honda really isn't a player in the zev game.
rmay635703 wrote:Honda really isn't a player in the zev game.
GetOffYourGas wrote:rmay635703 wrote:Honda really isn't a player in the zev game.
True. But the Clarity PHEV isn't a ZEV. I'm not ready to brush it off as compliance only until I see 1) price and 2) availability. If both of those are done right, it could show some impressive sales volume.
http://insideevs.com/honda-clarity-midsize-42-mpg/Honda Clarity Q&A: Midsize Plug-In Hybrid From $35,000 (Or So)
To get more information, we sat down with Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office and the Product Regulatory Office of American Honda. Here’s a few highlights of our chat and other information that Honda disclosed about the Clarity Series:
The price for both the Electric and Plug-In Hybrid versions of the Clarity will be in the mid-$35,000 range.
Honda expects to sell very few of the all-electric models, with the fuel cell perhaps outselling it.
Honda expects the Plug-In Hybrid to get a gasoline-only rating of 42 MPG, but official numbers are not yet available.
Honda is fully aware that the 13-mile EV range in the Accord PHEV was simply not enough.
There’s more than a hint that some sort of larger electrified vehicle is coming. Details, of course, were not available.
During Honda’s press conference earlier in the day, Center ended his presentation with this: “Electrification is the future of mobility, and the future of Honda, and it all starts now.” So now you know where he stands, at least.
http://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/13/hond ... ork-nyias/The Honda Clarity [GRA: B]EV doesn't make any sense
A lousy value proposition, especially compared with its own twin.
At this year's New York Auto Show, Honda launched the Clarity Fuel Cell's counterparts, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. It makes sense that Honda would expand its alternative-fuel model to encompass electricity, since hydrogen isn't a sure thing. What doesn't make sense is why Honda would enter the EV game with such an uncompetitive vehicle.
When compared with current electric cars in the marketplace, the Clarity Electric comes up short in both range and price. The Honda will go only 80 miles on a charge, and the company will charge you a price in the mid-$30,000s for the privilege. Both the Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul EV outperform the Clarity Electric with ranges of 107 and 93 miles respectively, and price tags in the low-$30,000 realm. But the bigger issue is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which offers a whopping 238 miles for just over $37,000. (Note: All given prices are before incentives). The Clarity is a pitiful value proposition from a range standpoint. . . .
The Clarity Electric comes across as a truly half-hearted attempt at making a full EV. Even the Electric's availability seems reluctant, as it will only be sold in California and Oregon to begin. Perhaps Honda itself realizes that the Clarity Electric isn't good enough to take on the EV establishment. And if that's the case, we have to ask, why did Honda even bother with the car in the first place? Let's hope subsequent Clarity Electrics will be more compelling.